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March 11, 2017

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N. Carolina: Arrest Made in 3-Decade-Old Murder of Kingston’s Tracy Gilpin


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Christine James
March 11, 2018

An arrest has been made in the 1986 murder of Tracy Gilpin, of Kingston.

Mug shot courtesy Iredell Co, NC.

Michael Hand – Photo courtesy Iredell Co, NC.

61-year-old Michael Hand, of Troutman, North Carolina, was arrested on Saturday night, in North Carolina, by Mass. State Police and local police.

Hand will be brought back to Plymouth County, Massachusetts to face murder charges.

15-year-old Tracy Gilpin was last seen alive leaving a party in Kingston, on October 1, 1986.

Her body was found three weeks later, in the Myles Standish State Forest.

Tracy was the sister of Col. Kerry Gilpin, the superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police.

Click here to listen to a March 2016 WATD interview with Tracy’s family and click hereto listen to a May 2017 interview with Tracy’s family.

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Tracy Gilpin

Statement of Massachusetts State Police Colonel Kerry Gilpin on Arrest of Michael Hand
March 11, 2018
Arrest of Suspect in Murder of Colonel Kerry Gilpin’s Sister, Tracy Gilpin
Massachusetts State Police Release — 03112018 — Statement of Massachusetts State Police Colonel Kerry Gilpin on Arrest of Michael Hand
Massachusetts State Police and police in North Carolina have arrested MICHAEL HAND, now 61, of Troutman, N.C., for the October 1986 homicide of 15-year-old Tracy Gilpin of Kingston, Mass. HAND is in custody in North Carolina pending an expected court appearance there tomorrow. Authorities have begun rendition proceedings to bring him back to Massachusetts to be prosecuted for Tracy Gilpin’s murder.
Tracy’s sister, Colonel Kerry Gilpin, the Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, issues the following statement.
Statement of Massachusetts State Police Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin
My family and I would like to thank Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz, the Plymouth County State Police Detective Unit, the Massachusetts State Police Crime Lab, the Kingston and Plymouth Police Departments, police in North Carolina, and all of the investigators who have worked diligently over the last 31 years to solve Tracy’s murder.  We are also extremely grateful to the members of the public who have provided information to investigators.  For the past three decades, we have remained hopeful that Tracy’s murderer would be identified. The much-welcomed news of an arrest in the case leaves us cautiously optimistic that justice for Tracy is within reach. My thoughts today are not just with my own family, but also with all the families who have lost loved ones to violence. We will continue to work tirelessly to find justice for all murder victims.”
Kerry A. Gilpin
Massachusetts State Police

Plymouth County: DA Tim Cruz Warns of Dangerous Suspect Out on Bail


Amy Leonard
March 1, 2018

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Plymouth County District Attorney, Tim Cruz, is not happy that a suspect with a record of illegally possessing firearms and impersonating a police officer is out on bail and violating parole.

Plymouth District Attorney, Tim Cruz says Barlow was held without bail since February 16th when Superior Court Judge, who ruled he was no longer a threat and released him under the conditions that he wear a GPS monitor and only leave his residence for medical appointments.

Barlow has violated that parole by visiting shopping centers and a school in Plymouth.

Cruz filed a motion to revoke his bail, but a Superior Court Judge denied it, leaving Cruz no legal recourse.

DA warns police chiefs about Duxbury man freed on bail

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February 28, 2018

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BROCKTON — Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz is warning local police chiefs to be aware of a Duxbury man who he says visited a Plymouth school while awaiting trial on multiple weapons charges.

Cruz issued the alert Tuesday evening after a superior court judge denied prosecutors’ request to revoke bail for Christoper Barlow, 21, who police say falsely claimed to be a Homeland Security agent and amassed a collection of guns, ammunition, explosives and stolen medical equipment at his family’s Duxbury home. Cruz said at a press conference Wednesday that he issued the alert because he wanted police chiefs to be aware of Barlow’s release, not because Barlow had made a “specific threat.”

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Heslam: Testimony tells of truly demon acts

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February 8, 2018

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Plymouth County: D.A. Tim Cruz Committed to Prosecuting Child Abusers

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Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz says his office has a commitment to helping abused children and prosecuting the abusers.

D.A. Cruz spoke to Christine James about this in light of several recent disturbing cases that involved children and possible voodoo practices.

DA Speaks After Brockton Mother Charged with Son's Murder

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New England Unsolved: Putting a digital face on crime

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BOSTON -- A new advance in DNA technology called Phenotyping is giving law enforcement a new tool.

Phenotyping allows investigators to produce a life-like image of a suspect, based solely on a DNA sample.

Since the late 1980's, DNA technology has revolutionized the field of forensic science. DNA, found in biological evidence at crime scenes, has helped police break countless cases in a way that was unimaginable a few decades ago by providing a match from a sample to a suspect.

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Plymouth County: Year in Review with District Attorney Tim Cruz


Christine James
January 5, ,2018

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WATD’s Christine James sat down with Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz to go over some of what his office was involved in during 2017.

Timothy Cruz: All evidence justified acquittal of guards in Bridgewater Hospital death


 December 15, 2017

On Dec. 11, Judge Jeffrey Locke acquitted three former corrections officers at Bridgewater State Hospital who each faced a manslaughter and civil rights charge in connection with the death of Joshua Messier. (“Judge clears three former guards in death of patient at Bridgewater State Hospital”) The verdict surprised some in the courtroom, but after years of investigating this case, I expected Judge Locke’s verdict would follow the letter of the law.

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